What Is Permanent Makeup?

Mixing guide Color wheel for perfect Mixture of Pigments
Mixing guide Color wheel for perfect Mixture of Pigments

There are lot of advantages to wearing makeup. They can hide flaws, bring out attributes, and accentuate clothing and other accessories. But makeup has its “dark side” as well. It can be difficult to find a brand that flatters the wearer consistently, that is easy to put on and take off, and it’s almost impossible to have any makeup brand look as fabulous by the end of the day as it did when it was first put on. But, there is a solution.

Permanent makeup, also known as micro-pigmentation, is a form of tattooing that can have different applications. Sometimes an individual has eyebrows replaced or augmentation of natural skin pigment done following injury or illness to give a more natural appearance. Other times, traditional cosmetics such as lip color or eyeliner are applied. In such cases, people who have this procedure done might have difficulty applying makeup themselves, or want to avoid the daily grind of doing it.

Is Permanent Makeup Truly “Permanent”?
This makeup is as permanent as any tattoo and is as subject to changes caused by weather exposure, aging, etc. Removal of or alterations of a final product can sometimes entail surgery depending on where and what was done, so this is not a procedure that should be done lightly.

Who Should Apply Permanent Makeup?
This is not DIY makeup application. To make sure that it is done safely and correctly, only a makeup artist recommended by a cosmetic surgeon should do the procedure and/or one who is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, a professional and educational industry organization.

What To Expect
All procedures should start with a consultation. The makeup artist should examine the area in question, ask what you would like to have done, what your expectations are, and give his or her own assessment. The consultation is also when medical histories and concerns should be addressed. If you appear to be a good candidate for this procedure, the makeup artist will apply temporary makeup so that you can see how this look looks before committing to it.

Medical Cartrdige Micro needles
Medical Cartrdige Micro needles

While these procedures can be often done on the day of the consultation, and more than one can be done on the same day, beware makeup artists who try to pressure you into this. The artist should also be honest in answering questions about recovery time, possible side effects, tattooing methods used, and what the artist can and can’t realistically do. If all of these questions can be answered and you feel comfortable with the artist, then an important first step has been taken on the road to getting permanent makeup.

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